Saxophone Instructor, Infinity Saxophone Ensemble Director
Praised by audiences and composers for his “… gorgeous, lyrical tone, spectacular technique, and heartfelt musicality …” Jacob Swanson has performed on concert series, television, and radio throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, Germany and Switzerland. His playing has inspired several composers to write for him as a soloist and his collaborating ensembles including Rob Deemer, Andrew Martin Smith, Charles Terranova, Peter Edwards, Kate Parker, Michael McGough, Tim Bausch, Scott Miller, Nathan Hall, David Marc Alterman, Frank Zabel and Dan Knorr.
With an inextinguishable passion for chamber music, Swanson performs regularly as member of the Decho Ensemble which he cofounded in 2011 with long-time collaborator Sarah Marchitelli. Their repertoire includes established works for saxophone, transcriptions, and new works written for the Decho Ensemble. In addition to their all-saxophone programming, the Decho Ensemble has collaborated with vocalists, instrumentalists, dancers, poets, composers, and orchestras presenting highly varied programs. Swanson has also performed as member of the Erie Quartet which, in 2008, won the State University of New York at Fredonia Concerto Competition.
After several years of preparation and research, Swanson assisted Carina Rascher in the Ries&Erler publication of Erwin Dressel’s Duo Konzert für Sopran – und Altsaxopon und Kleines Orchester (1965). In 2014 he presented the world premiere of this monumental work with Sarah Marchitelli and the Trinity Chamber Orchestra in Cleveland, Ohio.
As an educator, Swanson actively shares his passion for music with others. He teaches instrumental music for the Gowanda Central School District in Gowanda, NY and maintains a studio at Infinity Visual and Performing Arts in Jamestown, NY. He is co-founder and director of the Infinity Saxophone Ensemble (a youth saxophone orchestra) with fellow saxophonist, Sarah Marchitelli. Swanson teaches for the New Horizons Band of Western New York at S.U.N.Y. Fredonia and is adjunct faculty teaching studio saxophone lessons at Jamestown Community College.
Swanson holds Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the State University of New York at Fredonia where he studied with saxophonist Wildy Zumwalt. He has additionally studied with Carina Raschèr.